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>>> on the broadcast tonight from washington -- ready to strike. the u.s. prepare as military attack on syria, but tonight the house speaker tells the president to slow down. we'll take a closer look at the possible consequences of american military action. >>> remembering the dream. 50 years after dr. king's historic speech, a huge crowd comes here to celebrate, remember and inspire the nation to finish the job. >>> death sentence for the army psychiatrist convicted in the massacre at fort hood. >>> and air scare. a new warning tonight about the wildfire at yosemite and what it's doing to the air people are breathing so many miles away. "nightly news" begins now. >>> and good evening. i'm lester holt in for brian. here in washington, talk of war and peace at the lincoln memorial where martin luther king jr. delivered his famous "i have a dream" speech 50 years ago today. president obama headlined a chorus of speakers saluting the racial justice that changed this country. a lot more on that in a few minutes. >>> but first, the remmings in this city about a possible military at
. two firefighters and one civilian have been injured in those fires. >>> turning to washington and the snub heard around the world. president obama abruptly canceling next month's planned meet with russian president vladimir putin. while it's not a complete return to the cold war, there is a chill in the air between the u.s. and russia. nbc's trace iie potts joins me m washington. the president's snub has many wondering, what happens now? >> reporter: next, betty, we wait to see what russia's response is. we'll have two officials right here in washington tomorrow. we'll monitor that for you. here on capitol hill, democrats and republicans are supporting the president's decision. >> and the first impression they get -- >> reporter: secretary of state john kerry and defense secretary chuck hagel are still set to meet their russian counterparts in washington tomorrow. even though president obama canceled his moscow summit with russian president vladimir putin. >> we were not at the point in our progress on a number of these issues where a summit at the presidential level was the m
a moment, but back here in washington, the critical question is, are u.s. taxpayers, in effect, footing the bill for the continuing violence? joining me now, two members of the senate armed services committee, democrat jack reed of rhode island and republican kelly ayotte of new hampshire. senators, welcome to you both. senator ayotte, straight to you. several weeks ago, this question came up -- should we keep the u.s. aid flowing to egypt? you said yes then. have you had a change of heart now? >> well, i think, david, in light of recent actions, we tried to give some time to the administration. they obviously tried to get the military government to not crack down in a violent way, to restore democracy, to move to elections, to release political prisoners. they have ignored all of those requests. and now with the recent violent crackdown, i do not see how we can continue aid. i believe it must be suspended because, unfortunately, i think the military's gotten the impression, and particularly with what the president not asking for aid to be suspended when he spoke this week, that whateve
on the washington debate. thank you both very much for your time this morning. >> thank you. >> let me bring in richard engel, our chief foreign correspondent, on the ground in cairo, as well as senior fellow at the woodrow wilson center, robin wright, an expert on the broader middle east for context here. richard, your reporting has been compelling from the chaotic streets of cairo. given your sense of things, where is this headed? >> reporter: well, i think a lot of it depends on what happens in washington. and just to continue on the debate you were just having, people in this country and around the region think it would be an absolutely disastrous idea for the united states to cut off aid, that washington has real interests with the egyptian military, preferential access to the suez canal, military overflights, and not to mention the camp david accords. the camp david accords brokered by the united states, the peace agreement between israel and egypt, says in principle that u.s. aid should be commensurate between israel, from washington to israel and from washington to egypt. and does th
" this sunday, august 25th. good sunday morning. thousands of people gathered here in washington saturday to re-create the march on washington where dr. king gave his famous i have a dream speech. and it was exactly 50 years ago today, august 25th, 1963, that dr. king and the executive secretary of the naacp, roy wilkins, appeared right here on "meet the press." many of you either already had the chance or will have the opportunity to see that special program as we have made it the original broadcast available to our nbc stations across the country. our roundtable joins us in just a moment. but first joining me now, the only living speaker from the march on washington, congressman john lewis. he spoke yesterday in front of the lincoln memorial. >> you cannot stand by. you cannot sit down. you've got to stand up, speak up, speak out, and get in the way, make some noise! >> congressman lewis, welcome back to "meet the press." >> thank you very much, david, for having me. >> what a moment. we actually have the two images. there you were 50 years ago as a 23-year-old speaking so powerfully and 50 y
speaker from the march on washington, congressman john lewis. he spoke yesterday in front of the lincoln memorial. >> you cannot stand by. you cannot sit down. you've got to stand up, speak up, speak out, and get in the way, make some noise! >> congressman lewis, welcome back to "meet the press." >> thank you very much, david, for having me. >> what a moment. we actually have the two images. there you were 50 years ago as a 23-year-old speaking so powerfully and 50 years later an elder statesman, sir, if you don't mind ne saying. >> i don't mind. >> a pioneer of the civil rights struggle. that had to be quite a moment. >> it was a moving moment to stand there in the same spot 50 years later where dr. king and others stood. i think in the past 50 years we have witnessed what i'd like to call the nonviolent revolution in america, a revolution of values, a revolution of ideas, and our country is a better country. >> you know, the president will speak on wednesday in the same spot. he'll mark 50 years since the i have a dream speech. we've talked over the years, and you told me about a year
into the newspaper business. amazon founder and ceo jeff bezos acquired "the washington post" this week for $250 million at a time when newspaper revenues have hit a 50-year low. what is bezos saying that other publishers may not be? kara swisher is co-executive etd eter of all thins ding ittal and veteran of "the washington post." good to see you. >> how's it going? >> good. why do you think jeff bezos was interested in the post especially when he acquired it as an individual rather than having amazon buy it? >> it would have been very difficult for the company to buy it. they're already doing so many different experiments that are costly. jeff is someone who is putting off profits for a lot of growth. i think that would have pushed investors over the edge if the company itself bought it. >> that makes sense. but about do you think with his e-commerce experience he can reinvent the newspaper the way he reinvented retail and publishing? >> i'm not so sure. i don't think they're going to start selling kindles from "the washington post." i don't know what that means. he has ideas probably about ci
to the u.s. and wants to work with washington and wants to work with the fbi. like the other people, we have also been told the source of the current threat goes squarely back to yemen. as for the timing, there three main reasons. is the chatter and the information about a specific threat. two, tomorrow. tomorrow is the holiest day of ramadan, the muslim holy month and al qaeda tried to use this specifically very holy day during ramadan to try and increase its inspiration. lastly, there was an attack, a drone attack in yemen mid-last month that didn't get a lot of attention in the western media. one of the top leaders of al qaeda and the arabian peninsula in yemen was killed. we have been told this plot or alert may be al qaeda and the arabian peninsula's attempt at revenge. >> thanks to both of you. more on the threat tomorrow morning on "meet the press." david gregory's guest will be chambliss and dick disturb ib in. >> unrelated to the militants with ties to pakistan, ax tack india's consilate in afghanistan. three suicide bombers armed with assault rifles and a car packed with explo
homeland security committee. analysis from ted koppel of nbc news and "the washington post's" barton gellman. then presidential orders. strong words from the commander in chief this week about stamping out sexual assault in the military. the pentagon is preparing new rules, but there is an agreement on how to end the crisis. i go one-on-one with one of the lawmakers pushing for change, missouri senator claire mccaskill. >>> the immigration debate. a critical time for reform as members of congress head back to their districts to prepare for the fall fight. what are the prospects for passage? talk to both sides including the congressmen leading the fight against reform. >>> end of an era. the venerable "the washington post" is sold to amazon's jeff bez bezos. was what does it say about the future of traditional media? inside analyst from "the washington post's" david ignatius and david gross of "the new york times". all of that ahead on me"meet th press" this sunday morning, august 11th. good sunday morning. president obama is on vacation, congress is out of town, and although we are i
the world's largest airline. danielle lee is live in washington. good morning to you and why has this deal been halted? >> reporter: richard, good morning. the concern is under this merger there would be a decrease in competition and, therefore, an increase in prices. just take reagan national airport just outside of washington, d.c. where i am, for example, under this merger, the new airline would control 69% of takeoffs and also landings. plans for us airways and american airlines to fly under a new american logo could be permanently grounded. the justice department, along with six states and washington, d.c. are suing to stop the merger. >> they tend to contract the market, so you have less routes, less choices, higher prices. >> reporter: the airlines are vowing to fight back, saying blocking this pro competitor merger will deny customers to a broader airline network that gives them more choices. for months they've been advertising this deal as a big win for consumers. >> not only become a bigger airline, but also something so much greater. >> reporter: the deal would have been the lat
luther king jr.'s march on washington, d.c. and his famous i have a dream speech. days before that speech he appeared on nbc's "meet the press," and this weekend nbc news will re-air the interview unedited and in its entirety. meet the press moderator david gregory hosts a special edition. david joins us now, tell us about that 1963 interview. what stands out for you as you watch it? >> well, what is striking is to be able to go back in time and to see this played out, to see dr. king in this form on a program that i love so much, but in that context, 1963 was such a tumultuous time. that was the backdrop for the march on washington. the fear of demonstrations in the streets and violence associated with the march on washington which did not do you mean pass. meg had been murdered, you had fire hoses turn theed on people in birmingham. you had all of this as a backdrop to this appearance on "meet the press," ultimately to the speech. and so you hear from dr. king in this interview, some of those themes. he wanted to speak to the largely white audience and you saw watching on television to
, steve. >> reporter: good evening. organizers say 100,000 people came here to washington today, most including president obama believe we have come a long way in our nation. it is still divided by race but nowhere near as badly as we were when dr. martin luther king jr. delivered his speech here in washington in 1963. 50 years later marching in washington again was ducky burris. less emotional this time. >> now i'm 77. >> reporter: is it because things are better now? >> things are better in some areas. >> reporter: half a century later on this day as the crowd gathered in the rain at the lincoln memorial only 54% of americans believe the dream has been achieved. only 21% of african-americans do. congressman john lewis is the sole surviving speaker from '63. >> 50 years later we can ride anywhere we want to ride, we can say what we want to say. those lines that say whites and colored are gone. >> reporter: all eyes were on america's first black president. barack obama did not descend from slaves but to many he is a realization of king's dream. >> because they marched city councils ch
in washington, just as they did 50 years ago to hear dr. king's historic "i have a dream" address. >>> and a mayor's mission to revitalize gary, indiana, a town that has long been down on its luck, now signs of hope and healing are everywhere. >>> good evening. that huge wildfire burning in central california is growing virtually unchecked tonight as its impact is being felt more than 100 miles away. far from the firefight, the city of san francisco is under a state of emergency tonight because its water supply and hydroelectric power come from a reservoir near the fire zone. 2,700 firefighters are now on the lines backed by a relentless air assault, but working again to rugged landscape and exhaustion. they have managed to contain only a tie knee piece of this fire. nbc's tom costello is in groveland, california, to bring us the very latest. tom, good evening. >> reporter: hi, lester. public utility crews say that they are confident they can maintain water and power to san francisco. this fire station behind me is serving as an information point so residents can get real time upt
recoveries. tracie potts joins us from washington. any good news we can get on that. what new proposals are in the works. >> he's got a couple of them. he'll be announcing them in phoenix. the where here just as important as the what. this is where president obama was four years ago talking about the housing crisis. now he goes back to phoenix. they are having a baste bounceback, but they still have a long way to go. today there, the president is expected to talk about borrowing and refinancing, saving middle class families $3,000 a year. he'll pitch the idea, putting a lot more private money behind mortgages. so the government is not so much at risk so we don't see collapses like fannie mae and freddie mac. and this is key, in arizona, he's going to be talking about the link to immigration. suggesting that with 40% of new homeowners as immigrants, fixing immigration could fix the housing problem as well. >> looking at housing for us. tracie potts, thank you. >>> alex rodriguez may have avoided a lifetime ban, but the mlb's 211-game suspension has put the player's future in jeopardy. on
, and the creation of a task force of private citizens. joining me this morning barton gellman of "the washington post" who has been writing extensively about edward snowden and the nsa, special correspondent for nbc news ted koppel, and the chairman of the house homeland security committee, republican congressman mike mccaul. barton gellman, let me start with you. has edward snowden won? has he accomplished what he set out to do, which is not only get a debate going but force change in these programs? >> he has accomplished far more than anyone in his position could have reasonably hoped to have accomplished. he told me his greatest fear was that he would come out and do this and whole story would be -- you know, roiling around for a day and it would be gone. now you have president obama being forced to say that he welcomes the debate, which he welcomes sort of like the ceo who gets an angry letter yet writes back and says thank you for your interest in our surveillance programs. but it's top of the ageneral da for two months. >> the president spoke out about snowden during his press conference
to said they don't believe washington has an accurate picture of what's going on here. egypt's government says this tragic scene is what the world doesn't understand about its controversial crackdown. the remains flown to cairo tonight of 25 policemen executed in the sinai this morning. the government says they were unarmed and off duty. victims of suspected is lalamic extremists. mustafa ganzi, an adviser, says they've unleashed terrorists in benghazi. >> this is the result of having to oust the president, and those are people defending their own political views. >> reporter: in kcairo, there i now deep tension and mistrust. most shops closed even before the nighttime curfew. we have lost the joy of life. we are afraid. we are all depressed, said one woman. even so, at one of the few cakc cafes still open, they told us their thoughts. >> we're fighting a war. this is not against islam. >> reporter: many egyptians say washington, before it cuts aid, should remember that millions took to the streets last june to call on the army to expel the elected president mohamed morsi for trying to im
's a $500,000 campaign with town halls in at least nine states. melissa mollet is live in washington for us. how real is this effort being undertaken here? >> nice to see you this morning. big question whether this is a real effort or not. at this point we're not seeing a whole lot of support by republicans, only about ten really backing this plan. many of them perhaps wondering if the tour is headed in the right direction. >> this is an urgent time to stop what we think is a very destructive law. >> reporter: after a kickoff last night in arkansas, the town hall road show rolls on this morning. next stop? dallas. >> and there is no more important regulatory reform that we can do than to repeal every single word of obama care. >> reporter: senator cruz and the heritage foundation hoping to whip up enough support to gut president obama's affordable care act. >> the one unifying principle in the republican party at the moment is making sure that 30 million people don't have health care. >> reporter: this as a potential government shutdown looms. the sticking point? whether government funding
the lid again. ♪ >>> thousands of people marched on washington to remember the martin luther king i have a dream speech. several marked with a march and rally this many morning. the focus honoring king and calling for better and more jobs. it started at 9:00 this morning and ended on heading street. one of the participants said that hearing king speak 50 years ago sparked a lifetime of activism for her. she recalled what it was like to travel to brooklyn to washington, d.c. in 1963. >> my uncle went with me. that's the only reason i got to go to the march. what happened is we rode the buses. and it was a long ride but interesting. i was very excited. and then when we got there there were a lot of people, more people than i had ever seen anywhere at one place. >> as we mentioned more than 200,000 people witnessed the speech on the national mall. just before that speech, he made an important television appearance. nbc bay area's terry mcsweeney as more. >> an important anniversary next week marking a critical moment in the civil rights movement. it has been nearly 50 years since the march
. president obama is trying get support for his economic plan, can washington come to agreement over a big new deal and looking for the genius in the next generation. the interview with the parents of the's founder. "on the money" begins right now. "on the money." >> here is a look at what is making news as we head into the new week, "on the money." the economy created 160,000 new jobs for the month. that was below expectation, but the unemployment rate fell to 7.4%. as fewer people looked for jobs. it was a record setting week for the markets, meanwhile the dow and s&p 500 kicking off the month of august with a bang, hitting new highs on thursday. after kmepts made by the fed earlier in the week. the s&p 500 closed above 1700. and the markets continued to rise on friday. those comments were after a 2-day meeting wrapped up, and the feds announced that they would continue to buy bonds and mortgage-backed securities to keep interest rates low. but the fed used the phrase, modest growth instead of moderate growth. it was a slight and subtle down grade. the first reading of the gdp was
overseas, washington and new york are stepping up security as a precaution. brian mooar, nbc news, washington. >>> coming up next, a shift in power in iran, could be a big change in the country's nuclear ambitions. >>> bay area gas stations won bragging rights this weekend, a lucky powerball player who bought a tick threat won quite a bit more than that we will show you. >>> and we are watching low clouds spilling back across san francisco, which will bring us some drizzle as we head into tomorrow morning and it could also bring temperatures that are even cooler than the ones we are seeing outside right now. pretty mild this time of year. look at your 7-day forecast when we come right back. [ female announcer ] when you asked us to remove high fructose corn syrup from yoplait original and light, we were like, "sure. no problem!" and you were like, "thanks, but what about thick & creamy and whips!" and we were like, "done and done! now it's out of everything yoplait makes." and you were all, "yum!" and we're like, "is it just us, or has this been a really good conversation?" and yo
. >>> san jose marked the 50th anniversary of martin luther king jr.'s march on washington with a march and rally of its own. not only honoring king but calling for better and more jobs. a few of today's participants were part of the history ex-march on washington and say that day changed their lives forever. >> my mother said that, of course, she was concerned about me going and so my uncle said he would go with me, because my uncle went with me, that's the only reason i got to go to the march. i'm proud i got to go to the march and make that my life long ambition to always try to see out for people who don't have voice and also to be involved in what's going on. >> speakers including uc berkeley sociologist and civil rights activist and one of my teachers at cal, dr. harry edwards. nbc bay area will reair the "meet the press" interview from 50s ago. watch our special edition, remembering the dream, sun morning at 7:30, here on nbc bay area. well, it's down to one more win to secure a spot in the american's cup final. lauren scott at america's cup park where team new zealand is close t
it's another high-powered offense. >> you stay in washington, back-to-back there away. and talks second half. >> real quickly, we're running out of time. but as you said, two years ago, maybe you snuck up on people last year. probably not so much this year. september 5th, our first xfinity sunday. thanks for watching. >>> good evening. we've on a special time because of sunday night football. we'll have more on the 49ers game a bit later in this newscast. but, first, more violence in oakland. four people are recovering after being shot in east oakland. two of the victims are children, a 12-year-old girl and an 8-year-old girl. the shooting happened in the middle of the day just before 2:30 this afternoon. kimberly? >> reporter: diane, police are still searching for the suspect or suspects in this case. streets were blocked off as police investigated the incident which left a man, a woman, an 8-year-old girl and a 12-year-old girl injured. all have been taken to local hospitals. oakland police was busy at the crime scene but just stop today give us an update on the 12-year-old's c
. >> reporter: kelly o'donnell, nbc news, the capitol. >>> a new round of evacuations in central washington as a massive wildfire continues to grow. that blaze has burned more than 104 square miles and is only 8% contained. authorities have declared a state of emergency and they've implemented a statewide ban on outdoor fires until the end of september. >>> bill karins here with us. moisture, heat. >> pretty warm summer so far. this fire season is lagging behind most. that's to the surprise of many. >> that's good. >> let's talk about fairbanks, alaska. one of the coldest places there is. yesterday's high temp was 80 degrees. and the other temperatures there are current temperatures. but 80 in fairbanks yesterday. we'll do it again today. it's 59 currently. the reason this is important is the most 80-degree days ever in one year in fairbanks was 30. well, yesterday was 29. and today, they are expecting the temperatures with clear skies to be pretty much even warmer. up to 84. this will break the record, tie the record for the most 80-degree days in the summer season in fairbanks. that's how
are being asked to shut down this coming sunday. tracie potts joins us from washington. good morning. what's driving this move? >> reporter: there's a possible al qaeda threat out there, not a credible one that we're aware of, but it is time specific, sources tell nbc, and that's why they want to shut down a number of embassies on the 4th of august, which is sunday. take a look. if you look at the map you can see the embassies that we got a list of overnight. these are the 15 that would normally be open on a sunday that are going to be shutting down, including iraq, afghanistan and a number of others throughout the middle east and asia. this is what sources are telling us. as a result of ramadan, which ends on wednesday, they think there's some threat that's tied to the end of that muslim month of fasting. but they don't know what's going to happen. they believe the target is an overseas embassy or some sort of overseas post. but they don't know which one specifically. so in an abundance of caution, the state department says it is shutting them all down. richard? >> tracie potts, thank you
, washington. >>> embattled yankees slugger alex rodriguez may be banned from baseball on the very day he returns to the majors. at my noon, the mlb is expected to ban a-rod through the 2014 season for his alleged connections to a florida clinic that administered performance-enhancing drugs. despite that, manager joe girardi confirmed a-rod will play his first game tonight. jay gray is live outside the yankees stadium in the bronx. what's the sequence of events we might expect to see today? >> reporter: good morning. outside yankee stadium. relatively quiet as major league baseball gets ready to break its silence. here's the front page of "the post." just go it says. fans ban a-rod, just accept the ban and go. today we'll find out how long he'll have to go for. here's how it's supposed to work out. about noon, as you talked about, the commissioner will announce his decision. there are a dozen to 14 players involved in this, but a-rod will get the most substantial suspension, according to sources that have spoke with nbc sports. most of the players getting 50-game bans. that will remove th
potts is live in washington. what is the latest with this threat? what do we know? >> it's the anniversary of being bombed and a lot of times terrorists use anniversaries to strike. it's for that reason, betty, this huge fire this morning caught everyone's attention. there's nothing going in or out of kenya's airport this morning because of this huge fire. no word if it's connected to today's 15th anniversary of deadly bombings at our embassy there and in tanzania. the whole region is on alert. 19 u.s. embassies and consulates remain closed due to a terror threat. on jay leno last night, president obama said it's a reminder. >> violent extremism is still out there. we've got to stay on top of it. >> reporter: the airports evacuated 100 americans in the embassy in yemen based on what the state department calls -- >> an immediate specific threat. >> reporter: but not new. >> al qaeda is alive. look at pakistan. look at afghanistan. look at yemen. >> reporter: experts say exposing the plot may force al qaeda to change course. >> this will now drive them to couriers, which we
. a >>> edward snowden's father is sounding off and criticizing washington. he said he obtained the papers necessary to visit snowden in russia and said where the former analyst will remain for the foreseeable future. brian mooar has the story. >> reporter: the father of edward snowden says the nsa leaker isn't headed back to the united states because he won't get a fair trial. >> as a father i want my son dome home if i believed the justice system that we should be afforded as americans will be applied correctly. >> reporter: until then he said he'll visit his son in russia. snowden's temporary asylum there has chilled russia-u.s. relations and the political fur error here at home shows no signs of cooling off. before leaving for his vacation on martha's vineyard, president obama said he had already been moving the nsa towards more transparentscy and accountability. >> i don't think mr. snowden was a patriot. >> he betrayed his oath of office. a young generation believe he's a jason bourne. >> reporter: nsa wants a stronger defense from the president. >> he failed to explain these program
communities in a number of states as red flag conditions persist. >>> president obama back to washington. the agend ahandling the crisis in egypt and if the u.s. will continue its financial military relationship. >>> premeditated murder. did the bladerunner plan to kill his girlfriend riva steencamp. >>> plus reggie wayne light ups the preseason. >>> are lilo's six trips to rehab enough for a turnaround. >>> and the most expensive car ever sold at auction. "early today" starts right now. >> announcer: this is "early today" for monday, august 19th. >>> good morning. i'm richard lui. today could be a difficult day for fire crews in the west. the beaver creek fire has scorched nearly 160 square miles. it's located about two hours east of boise. officials ordered the evacuation of some 2,300 homes but have some optimism at the moment as more crews arrive to fight the flames. >> it's emotional to see our landscape changing and to know that people that we love could possibly be in danger. >> we need an army out there and we've got it. hundreds of firefighters. i know they are doing all that th
now begins a public fight to be accepted as a female. in washington, i'm daniel lee. >>> southern kraechlt teenager hannah anderson thanks the people that rescued here when she was kidnapped. >> i want to thank the horseman and the amber alert and the sheriff and the fbi. >> she spoke exclusively to the today show about her relationship with her, duck tore, dimaggio. the rampage began in the san diego neighborhood of boulevard whether he killed hannah's mother and breesh and set the house on fire afterwards. investors revealed they found letters from hannah in dimaggio's destroyed home. >> in the letters were from like a year ago when me and my mom were not getting along. me and him would talk about how to deal with it and i would tell him how i felt about it and he helped me through it. they were not anything bad. they were to help me through tough times. >> police in idaho killed dimaggio in a shootout. the full interview son our website, all you have to do is search hannah anderson. >>> a million of anything, even something small, address up to a lot so imagine
action seems sure to be ordered by the commander-in-chief. i'm steve handelsman, nbc news, washington. >> nbc news will have team coverage of the situation in syria including reports from the region and political pressure facing president obama here at 5:30. >> i'm maryann favreau where investigators warn you not to fall for scam artists warning to look for poisonous snakes. >> ladies and gentlemen, take the time to learn about the invisible wounds of war. >> a soldier with bay area ties gets the nation's highest honor. not for what he did during the war that caught president obama's attention. the emotional story is next. >>> a fairly comfortable day. right now in the 80s with the sea breeze fires up but we're about to see changes in the forecast, no doubt you'll notice, especially if you're in some of our east bay and south bay valleys. more about that in our seven-day forecast coming up. >>> a soldier with bay area ties received the nation's highest military honor but president obama wasn't only impressed with his duty during the war but what he did after the war. it's a sensitive
be the beginning of a great international firestorm. nbc's aymman joins us now. >> reporter: washington says this is not about regime change, that the united states doesn't want to get involved in syria's civil war. a tweet was sent out saying we are we've always said we want the u.n. security council to live up to its responsibilities." it's expected to authorize in no specific terms to protect civilians inside syria. a lot of people say that is the interpretation or the legal authorization to allow the international community led by the u.s. and uk and others to carry out strikes inside syria. all indications are the russian government will block this which probably means there won't be any international legal authorization for this type of military response against the syrian government. already some u.n. senior leaders including the special envoy on syria said any military action inside syria would require international authorization. so it will be all about the u.n. today and whether or not the u.s. and its allies can get those votes for that authorization. >> ayman, thank you. >>> we'r
and washington state where voters cleared the drug for recreational use. but it will have the broadest impact in the 20 states in washington, d.c., where pot is allowed for medical purposes. one caveat, state laws must not conflict with eight new federal policies. those include giving the drug to minors and selling it for purposes of trafficking. >>> a beloved television star diagnosed with an incurrable form of cancer is beating the odds. when valerie harper's lung cancer spread to the membranes surrounding her brain, doctors told her she'd likely only have from 3 to 6 months to live. that was in january. now seven months later, doctors say the iconic mary tyler moore show actress is, quote, pretty close to remission. harper is aware her condition could change at any time but for now she and her husband say they have hope. some good news there. >>> california firefighters are finally getting an upper hand on the state's massive wildfire. the rim fire near yosemite has been burning for two weeks now. this morning, it stopped growing, thanks to cooler temperatures and higher humidity. just one
's order. brian moore, nbc news, washington. >>> many people in israel are preparing for the worst because of concerns for a western attack on syria and syria perhaps retaliating against israel. they distributed gas masks to the public today. the demand has tripled sense the reported chemical attack in syria last week. >> because of the problem in syria, it's good to get a gas mask. it's better to be safe than sorry. >> israeli defense officials also held emergency meetings this weekend as well. >>> a man from antioch is in washington. and he's scheduled to be honored by president obama. 33 year old ty carter will receive a mid alf honor for actions in afghanistan. carter's parents, wife, and three children are expected to be on hand for the honor as well. carter has served two tours in afghanistan and says he'd like to continue his service by working with others who struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder. >>> and new at 11:00, california lawmakers aim to limit revenge porn. it is for spiteful people posting ex-lovers on line. they are considering a bill that would punish such conduc
are active in california, oregon, washington and nevada. the children have been missing since their mother's body was found sunday inside dimaggio's home, which was devoured by flames. a second body, possibly ethan's, was also found in the remains. >> the gentleman that was a friend of ours for a long time has taken everything. >> reporter: the kids' father, brett anderson, spoke directly to his daughter. >> if you have a chance, you take it. you run. you'll be found. >> reporter: like most amber alerts, this one appeared on freeway signs across california. but for the first time in this state, the message appeared another way, by phone. it's part of the new wireless emergency alert system, which sends messages to cell phones where the alert originates. >> when a child is missing, we need to engage the public as the eyes and ears of law enforcement. we need to do it rapidly. >> reporter: but the loud alarm startled many prompting some to turn off the amber alert feature on their phones. >> we really ask them to reconsider because their participation is key to saving lives. >> reporter: so
. richard, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, lester. washington had been pressuring egypt not to do this, but egypt did it anyway, and now roughly 300 people are dead, including some 40 members of the egyptian security forces. a curfew is in place, as is a state of emergency for the next month. egypt is unraveling. its hope of democracy obscured behind tear gas and bullets. at first light, egyptian security forces, which ousted the elected president mohamed morsi six weeks ago, moved in to finish the job and break up two camps of protesters who demand that the former president be reinstated. bulldozing into one at cairo university, it was over quickly. but at the other protest, they held fast. security forces fired on them with tear gas and then automatic weapons. egyptian security forces here are clearly using live ammunition. they are firing into the side streets. there are front line positions between protesters, security forces all over cairo. and this one looks like it is about to get very ugly. a 37-year-old customs broker guided us through the streets, warning of government g
coverage tonight from washington. andrea, good evening. >> good evening, lester. brushing aside assad's denial, the administration's goal is to punish him and stop him from ordering another chemical attack. hoping to prevent more deaths from devastating weapons not seen in decades. and lester, fair warning, these latest pictures are very hard to watch. this is a different kind of war. a war that kills babies silently, suddenly, bathing them not in blood, but in the tears of a doctor. ghastly images of last week's attack. most too horrifying to show on television. emerging only today. this infant apparently barely a month old. and a new horror near aleppo, the opposition claims phosphorous bombs and napalm dropped on civilians monday, killing at least ten, wounding dozens. a report that has not been independently verified. in texas today, speaking to veterans, the vice president continued the drum beat to punish bashar al assad. >> there's no doubt who is responsible for this heinous use of chemical weapons in syria. the syrian regime. >> reporter: the white house is not waiting for a
washington correspondent, good to see you. >> morning, lester. >> trying to get troops out of afghanistan by the end of 2014. does he or this country have an appetite to get in another military venture? >> no. it's the red line the president does not want to cross. he ran for office criticizing the iraq war. he opposes dumb wars. it's plain from everything the president has done and said, it would be dumb for the united states to get seriously involved. that said, when you have chemical weapons used on a large scale, with the president having said that is something he would not tolerate, he's got to have some sort of response. it's what they are weighing right now. what can you do? cruise missile strikes from the sea that does not involve boots on the ground and overflight syria which has air capability. >> he would like an international mandate. probably not going come from the u.n. security counsel. there's talk he could use the model president clinton used in kosovo, the humanitarian crisis there. is that an option for him to give him international coverage? >> yes, if he gets the nato
on assignment in washington and meeting palmer for the first time. a little bit in awe and then immediately he was so disarming and that's how well a remember him today. >> such an incredible journalist. but by all accounts what really made him a wonderful person was the fact that he was just such a good guy and so kind to everyone. >> we look forward to sharing more of his life coming up. >>> we want to begin with the latest on the terror threat. president obama is being briefed on the latest. he was updated by national security council adviser susan rice after his top security team met to discuss the threat. >> there are 22 u.s. embassies and consulates shut down today across 17 muslim nations, and that's to keep those who work there safe. and the one in yemen which is considered high risk with al qaeda gaining a foothold there. >> let's get the latest from richard engel. good morning. he's live in cairo this morning. >> reporter: good morning, lester. diplomatic activity around the world has been severely disrupted by the series of closures. behind me is the u.s. embassy in cairo that is cl
in the bay. back with a news update. >> washington, d.c., 50 years since the speech. ready to launch. an attack that could come within 24 hours. overnight a group tied to the syrian military claims responsibility for hacking twitter and we're live at the pentagon. >>> flames spreading near yosemite national park, making it one of the largest in california history. the smoke now impacting air quality more than 100 miles away. >>> and -- >> i have a dream today. >> keeping the dream alive 50 years after martin luther king jr.'s landmark speech. thousands are gathering in washington to honor the civil rights leader and reflect on how far we've come today, wednesday, august 28th, 2013. >> announcer: from nbc news, this is a special edition of "today" with matt lauer and savannah guthrie. live from studio 1-a in rockefeller plaza. >>> and good morning. welcome to "today." it's 7:00 a.m. on the west coast on a wednesday. i'm matt lauer. >> good morning everyone. i'm savannah guthrie along with tamron hall. this is where dr. king said those iconic words back i
evening, here at dulles airport, west of washington, we found some travelers concerned. you can see why. it's the peak of the summer travel season, fliers -- travelers are leaving from this airport for destinations worldwide and this is a global caution. at washington dulles airport, travelers paid attention to the u.s. government alert about a possible al qaeda attack. >> always be aware of people around you. and i think just a little more heightened at this point. >> reporter: the state department warned travelers the potential for terrorism is particularly strong in the middle east and north africa. that's where u.s. embassies have been ordered closed on sunday, in kabul afghan employees were told not to show up on sunday. congress was notified. >> it is al qaeda-linked. it emanates from the arabian peninsula. >> reporter: that's where yemen is, which is the most active al qaeda organization. it's the end of ramadan, when attacks have come in the past. whether a new alarm has come from an intercept with the nsa or a spy, analysts say it stood out. >> to close multiple embassies shows
veterans. and he pledged those who sacrificed for this country won't lose their benefits despite washington's budget cuts. >> i believe this work is more important than ever. because this time of war that we've been in is coming to an end. >> the president hopes to have america back on a peace time footing in a year and a half. but his friday news conference showed he's fighting on a lot of political fronts. >> good afternoon, everybody, please have a seat. >> he's trying to calm the controversy over nsa surveillance. he's still battling members of congress over obama care. >> the one unifying principle in the republican party at the moment is making sure that 30 million people don't have health care. >> reporter: in martha's vineyard, president obama looking for a break from the heat. brian mooar, nbc news, washington. >>> more guns are off bay area streets tonight thanks to a gun buyback program in oakland today. the organization youth uprising partnered with the oakland police department and an anonymous donor to host the event. residents were able to turn in guns with no questions asked
of california. exposesing's problems. now reaction from washington, d.c. >> it's the beginning of a long summer. and these young middle schoolers are out of class. helping their dads unpack. but unlike most youth, these kids are not on vacation. instead, they're helping their families move in to a local migrant worker camp, and many of them are preparing to work all summer. some of them in the fields of california's central valley. working for large corporate farms, putting in 10 to 12 hour days in 100-degree heat. >> they do come and work as much as they can. >> reporter: rib garrison oversees the migrant camp where these families now live. >> kids from a very small age and groping until teenagers and as soon as they get an opportunity they start working on the field as well. >> reporter: for 14 months now, nbc bay area's investigative unit has fallen. some of these children and their families, as they perform some of the hard evidence work there is. pruning, picking and packing. the fresh fruits and vegetables that feed america and the world. >> who else out here has worked in the fields? >>
team from washington is investigating yesterday's shooting. they plan to interview all of the witnesses to determine exactly what happened. >>> the other major story we're following tonight, new video that reveals just how terrifying it was for residents of a colorado town when a sudden surge of flood water triggered mud slides this weekend. >> reporter: the town of manitou springs is reeling from flash floods. >> this is getting very, very bad now. this is the most terrifying thing i've ever seen. i can't stop shaking. >> reporter: new video shows water gushing at almost 30 miles per hour and pouring down highways and residential streets. >> cars floating away. >> reporter: friday's flood is one of the town's worst disasters in decades. leaving in its wake, one dead and one still missing. >> do not ever think you have enough time. when those sirens go off, go. >> repter: damaging dozens of buildings and shutting down at least 20 businesses. for the second day, crews are cleaning off mud from flood waters. and it may be days, maybe even weeks before things are back to normal. the same s
leigh joins us from washington. good morning to you. and how would critics like the president to respond here? >> reporter: richard, good morning. critics would like to see the president really strike a balance as he tries to restore the public's trust, but also protect national security. even while vacationing on martha's vineyard, president obama couldn't escape a moment of apparent frustration on the golf course. back in washington, more troubles await the commander in chief. lawmakers are criticizing the president's plan to increase oversight of the nsa surveillance programs exposed by leaker edward snowden. >> he's failed to explain these programs which are lawful, which have saved lives. >> we need to do better in educating our public so they are not fearful that we, the government, are violating their privacy. >> reporter: the former director of the nsa warned added oversight could hurt a key part of the program, moving quick three protect national security. >> so you need to be careful about how many processes you put in there. >> reporter: the leaks seem to have pushed u.s./russ
at this lawn here. a washington fan so rabid he turns his lawn into a huge redskins logo made of colored stones. and he cares about it a lot. you see that yellow caution tape in front. stay away. >>> coming up, the latest response to oprah's handbaggate. plus a dog that's seriously raising the bar for all canine skaters. >>> welcome back. the dry end of summer weather continues in just about all areas of the west. really start to get to the late summer months we look ford the wet season upcoming. 104 in vegas. typical for this time of the year. warmer than we should be in the northwest. that's not going to last that much longer. enjoy the last couple of warm days we'll have. san francisco, areas down to the south, we'll try to get you a little warmer weather in the days ahead. we're going to inch it up here. tomorrow 83 and l.a., more typical where we should be. >> like you were saying that long run with the under 80 weather. >>> entertainment news now. an historic launch for the final run of amc's "breaking bad." the critically acclaimed drama drew 5.9 million viewers, making it the highest ra
split over washington lawmakers. democrats and republicans are on both sides of the debate. brian moore has the latest. >> while egypt teeters on the edge of civil war. >> the last few days have been unconscionable. >> the billion and a half dollars in aid some home will force egypt's military to rethink the violence. >> they're getting the impression that no matter what they do, our aid will continue. >> when someone is not down or rolled over with a tank bought with american money, do you think that buys friendship? >> president obama condemned the violence this past week. many in washington worry that the military will force the muslim brotherhood under ground. >> even though they started this, we can't support what the military is doing in response. >> the bay area dozens of people gathered to protest that military rally. they're against the coup and saying hundreds of innocent are dieing. >> the thing from yesterday, and that was the call for this day, is to stand up for humanity. people have been dieing. >> according to independent news reports, more than 850 people dies just sinc
of thousands marched on washington for jobs and freedom. and martin luther king jr. rallied the nation to change peacefully. >> we must forever conduct our struggle on the high plain of dignity and discipline. we must not allow our creative protests to degenerate into physical violence. >> reporter: 50 years later, dr. king's "i have a dream" speech resonates with these kids, and it forms the bulk of what they know about him. even though none of them has heard the whole speech or studied his life in depth, they still have strong opinions about the man and his legacy. on restraint. >> he was a nonviolent leader. and that took a lot out of him to be physically hit and touched and not to react in a way. and i don't think i would be able to do that. >> i would want to know how he could take all that punishment and all the anger people took out on him and how he could keep going. >> reporter: and why dr. king is important. >> i never experienced a racial incident. i've never been through that. >> he made it possible for me to go to a privileged school. >> reporter: on equality. >> do you th
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